Here are some notes to accompany the sermon, The Way to the Father, which is available in either audio or video at https://www.sermonaudio.com/sermoninfo.asp?m=t&s=52201613585988. The sermon will also be part of a Facebook live watch party, Sunday, May 3, at 11:00 AM.
- Is relational: Matthew 7:21-23; John 17:3; Acts 9:2, 19:9; Revelation 19:11.
- Is entered into by faith/believing: Perhaps best understood as trust. John 3:16-18; Hebrews 10:19-20.
- Jesus is the purpose and principle behind all things. 2 Corinthians 1:19-20; John 18:37-38, 19:5, 20:31.
- By Jesus, all other things must be measured. Colossians 1:15-20.
- Therefore, Jesus is the ultimate reality. Revelation 1:17-18.
- Jesus is life and gives life. John 1:4, 3:15-16, 5:21, 5:24.
- In contrast we are dead, and must be born again. Ephesians 2:1-3; John 3:3.
Big Idea: As the only way to the Father, the ultimate reality, and the only source of existence, the Lord Jesus Christ must be the focus of our lives.
Invitation: Jesus has presented himself to the world as
life itself, the exclusive revelation of truth, and the only way to God. Anything less than complete acceptance of his
reality is complete rejection. Do you
believe this? Won’t you repent of your
sins, and so be saved today?
“Who could mind the journey, when the road leads home? – Dr. James M. Gray
“I am ready to accept Jesus as a great moral teacher,
but I don’t accept His claim to be God.” That is the one thing we must not say.
A man who was merely a man and said the sort of things Jesus said would not be
a great moral teacher. He would either be a lunatic—on a level with the man who
says he is a poached egg—or else he would be
the Devil of Hell. You must make your choice. Either this man was, and is, the
Son of God: or else a madman or something worse. You can shut Him up for a
fool, you can spit at Him and kill Him as a demon, or you can fall at His feet
and call Him Lord and God. But let us not come with any patronizing nonsense
about His being a great human teacher. He has not left that open to us. He did
not intend to. – C.S.
 C. S. Lewis, Mere Christianity (New York: Macmillan, 1960), 56.